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First Day — Mar 24, 2017

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today is the first day the following items have appeared in Around Town. Items are generally published a maximum of five times.)


Artesia High School Drama will present “Pinocchio” by John Baldwin Jr. at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 1, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 2, at the AHS Auditorium. Admission is $5; doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Eugene Irby at 703-5888.


Paws & Claws will distribute spay and neuter certificates to Eddy County residents only at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Artesia Animal Shelter, 501 Paddy Wagon Way. Donations are appreciated.


Rhoads Co. will be installing new manholes on West Grand Avenue beginning Monday, March 27, through Thursday, March 30. An eastbound lane closure will be in effect.


Count It Again Entertainment will present Cryptic Wisdom’s Cancer Benefit, hosted by Drowzzzy Drew and DJ Joe Biz and featuring a variety of artists, at 7 p.m. Friday, March 31, at the Moose Lodge, 2701 W. Main St. The event is free for all ages, but donations are welcome; proceeds will benefit two local families. For more information, call 513-4545 or 308-3409.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Around Town is intended to announce events of interest to the general public in Artesia and the immediate area. Announcements of club and nonprofit organizations, school activities, government events and church activities are generally included in Around Town.)


Anyone who has not purchased Girl Scout cookies or who would like to purchase more may call 520-236-1792 or 748-9878.


The Artesia High School rodeo team will be bussing tables for tips from 4:30 p.m. to closing today at Henry’s BBQ. Funds will help defray travel expenses for the team.


Students and faculty at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell will observe Spring Break Saturday, March 25, through Friday, March 31. Saturday classes will resume April 1. The regular class schedule will resume Monday, April 3. All main campus offices will be open during Spring Break. For more information, call 624-7000.


Teens ages 13-18 are invited to join the Artesia Public Library’s monthly club devoted to anime, manga and Japenese culture. The group will meet at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 25, to watch “Robotics;Notes” and craft robots. Snacks will be provided. For more information, contact Erin Loveland, library supervisor, at 746-8515.


The Yucca Porcelain Art Club will meet for refreshments at 9 a.m., followed by a business meeting at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, March 25, in the Westminster Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 2901 W. Fourth St., Roswell. Demonstrator Shirley Nock of Levelland, Texas, will present techniques learned at Texas Teachers. Visitors are welcome. For more information, contact Julia Esquibel at 622-5024 or Josie Turner at 625-2864.


The Democratic Party of Eddy County will hold Artesia/North Ward elections at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at the Pecos Inn. Democrats from precincts 1-8 and 38-42 are eligible to be nominated and vote for officers. All other wards will hold officer elections at 1 p.m. April 1 at the IBEW Union Hall in Carlsbad. No proxy voting is allowed. The party will hold county officer and State Central Committee elections at 2 p.m. April 1 at the IBEW Union Hall. All registered Democrats in the county are eligible to be nominated and vote in that election. All meetings are open to the public.


Artesia Clean & Beautiful will hold its 20th Annual Golf Scramble beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at the Artesia Country Club. To register, contact Juan Jimenez at the Pro Shop, 746-6732. Door prizes will be awarded; proceeds will benefit Artesia Clean & Beautiful. For more information or to sponsor a tee box, call AC&B at 748-3192.


The Artesia High School Golf Boosters will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, March 27, in Coach Bowden’s room at AHS.


The Artesia Special Hospital District Board of Trustees will meet at 5:15 p.m. Monday, March 27, in the Artesia General Hospital meeting room for the purpose of conducting regular business and discussing finances and other matters in an open setting.


Spring cleanup at Woodbine Cemetery will begin Monday, March 27. Any tributes or holiday decorations in the ground that families wish to save should be removed prior to that day. For more information, call 746-3640.


The National Players will present a trio of plays next week at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. “Hamlet” will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, March 27, “The Grapes of Wrath” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, and “The Giver” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 29. Tickets are $20 for each performance and may be purchased online at www.artesiaartscouncil.com or at the OPAC box office, 746-4212.


The Lady Bulldog Softball Boosters will meet at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, in the Park Junior High School cafeteria. The invitational tournament and scholarships will be discussed.


In partnership with the Artesia Historical Museum and Art Center, the Artesia Public Library will host a “Something Blue” craft at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 30. Ages 13 and up are invited to make pressed flower paper crafts. All supplies provided. For more information, contact Erin Loveland, library supervisor, at 746-8515.


The Artesia Car Enthusiasts and Artesia MainStreet will host the 20th Annual Main Event Car Show and Cruise March 31April 1 in downtown Artesia. Cruise along Main Street begins at 6 p.m. March 31; line up at 5 p.m. at Heritage Plaza to get a window sticker. Car show early registration is at 1 p.m. March 31 in the plaza; car show parking begins at 7 a.m. April 1, national anthem at 10 a.m. with colors by the AFD Honor Guard. Food will be sold; judging by professional judges from Albuquerque and awards at 4 p.m. Registration is $25; contact Dorothy at 746-9477 or Dolores at 746-4796.


United Blood Services will hold a blood drive from 1:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, at Artesia General Hospital, 702 N. 13th St. Donors may register online at www.unitedblood services.org or call Stephanie Seabrease at 575-840-8178.


The Eddy County Recycled Art show will run through April 1 at the Artesia Public Library. Applications are available at the Artesia Clean & Beautiful office, City Hall, and all Artesia Public Schools. Deadline for entries is March 16. For more information, call 748-3192.


“Vintage Wedding Dresses,” an exhibit featuring dresses from 1844-1970, is currently on display at the Artesia Historical Museum through April 1. For more information, call 748-2390.


Watercolor Workshops with Barbara Posuniak will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Cost is $30 and includes all materials and instruction. To register or for more information, visit www.artesiaartscouncil.com or call the OPAC at 746-4212.


Kindergarten registration for the 2017-18 school year will be held from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. April 3-5 at Grand Heights Early Childhood Center, 2302 W. Grand Ave. Students must turn 5 prior to Sept. 1, 2017. Bring an original, state-issued birth certificate, current immunization record, photo ID of parent/guardian enrolling student, and any official document with parent/guardian’s name and current address. Teacher requests will not be accepted at this time; teacher requests will be accepted from 8 a.m. – noon beginning Saturday, July 22. For more information, call Grand Heights at 746-6282.


The Seventh Annual Child Safety Fair will be held from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at Guadalupe Park. The event, as well as food and drinks, are free and will feature entertainment by G-Money and C-Boticz, a doughnut eating contest, mascot dance-off, zumba, car seat inspections, drug take back, and face painting.


The Artesia Downtown Lions Club will host its 11th annual six-man golf scramble at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at the Artesia Country Club. Entry fee is $30 per person plus $30 greens and $14 cart fees. Raffle, closest to the pin, longest drive, and hole in one prizes available. To register, call the Pro Shop at 746-6732.


The Men’s Ministry of First Baptist Church will hold an Oilfield Worker Appreciation Lunch from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Thursday, April 13, at Wilbanks Trucking, 11246 Lovington Highway. All oilfield workers are invited to attend.


First Baptist Church will hold a Good Friday Communion Service at 6 p.m. Friday, April 14, and an Easter Worship Service at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, April 16, at the church, corner of Roselawn and Grand avenues. The public is invited to attend. For more information, visit www.fbcartesia.org.


An Easter egg hunt, sponsored by Faith Kids and featuring 50,000 eggs, more than 40 jumpers, free hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, and more, will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at Morris Field. All children are invited.